Granite Chief – Palisades Tahoe, CA

Palisades has applied to replace this lift with a high speed quad but so far the Yan triple remains on the backside.
Yan drive-tension station.
View back down the first part of the line.
Middle lift line.
Half tower 10.
View back down the lift line.
Tower 13 just before the top.
Return bullwheel.
Lift line overview.
Yan tower.
Lower station with height adjustment.

11 thoughts on “Granite Chief – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. ACA Allertor May 28, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    The safety bars are not original to this Lift, Who made them?


  2. julestheshiba February 17, 2020 / 5:32 pm

    Are these square lifting frames the predecessors to the later Y style lifting frames used on other yan lifts?


    • Skier February 17, 2020 / 10:00 pm

      Yes, they’re on 1982ish Yan’s. There’s not many of them left though. Mammoth has some, the old Sterling at Deer Valley had them, which is now at Nordic Valley


    • Donald Reif February 18, 2020 / 9:20 am

      Add Highlands at Beaver Creek to that list:


  3. Connor March 26, 2020 / 9:30 am

    Anyone else notice that theres 2 bottom lift houses? I wonder why lol/


    • Kirk March 26, 2020 / 9:44 am

      Poma tension system is in the shack at the rear column


  4. Ryan May 8, 2021 / 2:14 am

    Long live the Chief!!


  5. Thomas Jett April 20, 2022 / 12:18 am

    This info has already been mentioned, but with the Red Dog replacement finally happening, that leaves just a Granite Chief upgrade as the last major project planned out by early-to-mid 2010s KSL that has yet to be realized. While plans may have changed in the ensuing decade, I still wouldn’t be surprised if this is next on Alterra’s checklist.


    • Tommy Boy April 20, 2022 / 10:15 am

      IIRC, environmentalists stopped this component of the KSL/Alterra plan. Something about wetland disturbance for the bottom and sensitive habitat near the top terminal. This upgrade would impact the ski experience at P. Tahoe more than a $65 million gondola to nowhere at a fraction of the cost.


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